About this Show

Rock Center With Brian Williams

News/Business. Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ted Koppel. (2012) Educated and employed families with no place to live; Husain and Hamza Abdullah; holiday shopping. New. (CC) (Stereo)

NETWORK
NBC

DURATION
01:00:00

RATING

SCANNED IN
San Francisco, CA, USA

SOURCE
Comcast Cable

TUNER
Channel 88 (609 MHz)

VIDEO CODEC
mpeg2video

AUDIO CODEC
ac3

PIXEL WIDTH
1920

PIXEL HEIGHT
1080

TOPIC FREQUENCY

Us 10, America 9, Darlene 6, Citi 5, Islam 4, Homelessness 4, Mary Carillo 4, Cindy 3, New York 3, Ann Curry 3, Patrick 2, Harry Smith 2, Carl 2, Mastercard 2, Hud 2, Bulova 2, Geico 2, Sears 2, Petsmart 2, Jillian 2,
Borrow a DVD
of this show
  NBC    Rock Center With Brian Williams    News/Business. Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ted Koppel.  (2012)  
   Educated and employed families with no place to live; Husain...  

    November 29, 2012
    10:00 - 10:59pm PST  

10:00pm
w with 30% more swag. i used the money you guys gave me to add a little flair, and i took everything i own in my house and brought it here, except for my bed. i basically live here now. - i hate all of this, which probably means it's good for your business. - ron, my woodworking project-- it's for displaying shoes! -yes. that was always the plan. - all right, rent-a-swag team, i have one more little surprise for you--pizza party! part 2. - oh, wow! two pizzas. and toppings! - only on half. i'm not zuckerberg. eat up, chumps. esta noche en con center. tonight on rock center, two brothers, one dream, and an all-american success story. yet at the height of their fortune and fame, they walked away. >> reporter: why did you do it? >> why?
10:01pm
>> reporter: why? >> there's more to life than this. >> mary carillo shows the meaning of devotion. this was never supposed to happen. hard-working families falling into homelessness. >> reporter: what made you not want to tell anybody else? >> i didn't want people to know about me. >> people who now tuck their children in at homeless centers and can't get out of there. >> they didn't do anything to sde deserve this. they didn't do anything. and a hard look at what america is ordering at amazon these days, and he still can't stop talking about the b.b. gun he wanted as a boy. plus, look at what just turned 40. ♪ and you and me are free to be you and me ♪ >> a cultural touchstone hits a
10:02pm
birthday and are probably feeling pretty good about it right now. that and more as "rock center" gets under way. good evening to rock center. the tree is lit up tonight. we keep hearing the holiday is roaring back this year. everybody is hoping it's a sign of a morro bust economy, but way too many families got caught and are still trapped in the downturn. ann curry spent time with families who were supposed to have the american dream, educated, hard-working with all the trappings of middle class life in america. but in kind of a slow-motion way, they have watched themselves become part of a new class of working homeless, something we last saw in the depression 80 years ago. and as ann curry shows us tonight, these families are trying mightily to turn their lives back around. >> reporter: it's an ordinary school day for nine-year-old
10:03pm
jillian kenard and her sisters in jackson, tennessee. band class, a math class. but life for the kenard sisters are anything but ordinary. >> guys, it's time to get up. >> reporter: every sunday, their parents, patrick and cindy, wake them before the sunrises. they fold cots. >> we till have some more packing to do. >> reporter: and pack up their lives. jillian makes sure the birdhouse she built out of popsicle sticks, glitter and glue isn't left behind. and as evening approaches, for the 11th time in four months, they make their way to a sunday school classroom. in another church for another week. it might not seem like much, but for the next seven days, this is where they'll sleep. for the first time in their lives, the kenard family is homeless. they are the new face of american homelessness.
10:04pm
in the wake of the recession, experts say the u.s. stands at a historic juncture. the latest government data show the number of people in homeless families living in suburban and rural america rose nearly 60% during the depth of the great recession, an unprecedented surge. more than 1 million school children are now homeless, the most ever recorded. children like the kenard sisters, living a life of uncertainty and sometimes shame. >> the hardest part is people finding out. sometimes when we're on our way to school, we have to ride over in a church van and people can probably see that. >> reporter: what made you not want to tell everybody else? >> i don't want everybody to laugh at me. >> reporter: no one knew. you went to school every day, you played with your friends. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: then when they went home, what were you thinking? >> i was all happy for them
10:05pm
because they had a house and i didn't. >> reporter: but she does have her precious birdhouse. why do you love it so much? >> because it reminds me of the old house. >> reporter: the kenards were typical of many families across country. working class people pursuing the american dream. they worked hard and built savings accounts. both have college degrees. but perhaps the most surprising thing about the kenards is that even now, they are a working family, for the last seven years, patrick has worked a full-time job at a bank call center with benefits, and until recently, cindy worked full-time as a director at a daycare center. despite the recession, they were getting by. >> we're not big spenders, we never have been. we just made the necessities of life. >> reporter: but then came the unexpected. patrick developed serious kidney problems. even with health insurance, medical bills went into the
10:06pm
thousands. their car broke down repeatedly. then cindy quit her job because she couldn't afford child care for her own kids. >> it was just like a domino. >> when we fell, we fell hard and we fell fast. >> reporter: they downsized from a spacious apartment to a smaller apartment here but then couldn't afford the rent and were evicted. >> reporter: describe the moment. >> i wanted to dig a hole and let somebody cover me up. >> reporter: jillian took the eviction notice especially hard. >> i was scared because we lost the house and i didn't want to leave it. >> reporter: they didn't have relatives to stay with in the area, and they wanted to keep the family together. >> we considered going to a campground. >> reporter: but even camping supplies cost too much. >> then we decided we would just live out of the van. then it got repossessed. we didn't know where to go to then.
10:07pm
>> we're living paycheck to paycheck. >> paycheck to paycheck. there was nothing for savings, there was nothing for -- >> reporter: food? >> -- food. there was nothing for -- nothing. >> reporter: and they were forced to make heartbreaking decisions. >> one of the hardest things i ever had to do was sell my wedding band. that ring on my finger meant the world to me. >> reporter: do you still have yours? >> no. we needed food, though, and gas. so we pawned them. >> reporter: they got $100 for both rings. soon the reality of failing to provide for his children sent patrick into despair. >> they didn't do anything to deserve this. they didn't do anything. they're totally innocent. >> reporter: it's almost too much to bear. >> it was. i'm sorry. >> reporter: then they finally
10:08pm
caught a break, getting shelter in those sunday school classrooms, a program run by the interfaith hospitality network. the family's struggle to keep the family together is a fight darlene gaines knows well. she attributes hers to divorce, another reason for homelessness. >> now when i see homelessness, i see my reflection. >> reporter: darlene thought she had done everything right, even taking classes for her master's degree. and she's held a good job with the veterans administration for the last 15 years. she had savings, college and retirement accounts and a comfortable suburban home for her three sons. >> they had never worried about anything. they never had to go into the kitchen and look into an empty cupboard. i lived a middle class life all my life. that's all i knew. i dropped from middle class to no class.
10:09pm
>> reporter: as she struggled to cover her bills by herself, including her student loans, darlene couldn't keep up with rising food and gas prices. >> i just knew that i was drowning and i was doing everything possible to prevent from drowning. my greatest fear for my children was to take them out of an environment that they knew all their life. >> reporter: you tried to prolong the life they knew, as expensive as it was becoming, because you didn't want to hurt them. >> you hit the nail on the head. >> reporter: after using her savings, she couldn't pay her mortgage, and a foreclosure letter soon arrived. >> i opened up the letter and i began to read it. and the whole while, i'm in total disbelief. >> reporter: with her three sons, 15, 16 and 17, darlene faced the prospect of breaking apart her family, because most shelters separate men and women for security reasons.
10:10pm
and, advocates say, there are not enough shelters for the new wave of homeless families. >> we had families that were coming in -- >> shawn donovan is secretary of housing and urban development, or hud, which funds homeless programs across the country. what do you say to the families who are living in cars, living in trailers, who have to separate their family to live in a shelter? >> what i would say is they shouldn't have to do that. it's wrong. >> reporter: they must now use their funding differently to accommodate the rise in homeless families. and if they say the funding, and a large amount of funding comes from hud, that the funding is not there to support families, what do you say? >> i absolutely believe, and the president has fought for, greater investment in homelessness. >> reporter: is there enough
10:11pm
money being allocated for homeless families? >> no. i'm not satisfied that we have the full amount of resources that we need. and we will continue to fight for more. >> reporter: hud did spend $1.5 billion in stimulus money on homeless prevention. now, secretary donovan says, he has an ambitious new plan to reach families before they become homeless, like the kenard family and darlene's family. >> and on this side here, you see this bed, yours truly. >> reporter: this is yours? >> yes. >> reporter: after months of sleeping on her parents' floor, darlene got lucky. she found a rare family-friendly shelter for the working homeless called our house where her boys could stay with her. >> reporter: if they had made them stay on the other side, would you have? >> no. i would have tried something else.
10:12pm
i didn't want to divide it because emotionally, you know, you have those moments where no one can fix it but mom. >> reporter: the shelter is also helping darlene get back her financial footing while her boys learn that no matter what their circumstances, they can never give up. >> i'm constantly talking about grades. this is not the end for you, we're just passing through. so let us stay focused. >> reporter: the kenard sisters are also learning a lesson about homelessness, to overcome their shame. for the first time they're speaking publicly. >> it's going to reach people, even people i don't know, who may be in this situation or going into it. maybe i'll be humiliated because of the kids in school, but i'll get over that because we won't be there much longer. >> reporter: not there much longer because the kenard family
10:13pm
just got an unexpected slice of good fortune. they just got help for rent for up to five years. they expect to move into this four-bedroom apartment here before christmas. for jillian, that will mean no more dark mornings in parking lots. and at last, she may be able to put down her birdhouse. >> tough story, but it's part of the story playing out across the country, and ann plans to keep us updated on the families we just met. still ahead for us tonight, two brothers who have reached the pinnacle of success. two young men you'll want to meet, and you can hear why they chose to walk away. next, harry smith's big amazon expedition, straight into the heart of on-line granddaddy retailers. he'll tell us why such an efficient place looks so completely disorganized in spots. >> so it makes sense that the one pack of golf balls is here next to the grape jelly.
10:14pm
>> it's perfect for that. >> this is crazy. start with the gifts that last. ♪ enjoy free shipping and great values on your holiday shopping from l.l.bean. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. citi price rewind. get a stocking full of savings...
10:15pm
...at the petsmart winter wonderland sale. save 30% on hundreds of items, including all petholiday™ by top paw® and toyshoppe® products. plus, all toyshoppe® long arm dog toys are $4.99 each. friday through sunday only, at petsmart®. sfx- "sounds of african drum and flute" look who's back. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. with the samsung galaxy ii from straight talk wireless. he'll get the same nationwide coverage for half the cost. let's see if he notices. of course. joe saved $950 a year, enough to buy some sweet pyro. straight talk wireless. same phones. same networks. half the cost.
10:16pm
♪ spread a little love my way ♪ spread a little something to remember ♪ ♪ spread a little joy and see ♪ need a little happiness to be ♪ ♪ living the life with me [ female announcer ] philadelphia cream cheese. made with fresh milk and real cream. it makes your holiday recipes, everyone's holiday favorites. ♪ look, honey... it's santa. i have the perfect gift for you. oh...santa. [ male announcer ] the charmed memories collection at kay jewelers. each charm is hand-crafted in italy, and with hundreds of charms to choose from, you can turn your special moments into charmed memories. this weekend, get this free charmed memories bracelet or a charm valued up to $45 with any charmed memories purchase of $100 or more. at kay, the number one jewelry store in america. these are for me, right? ♪ every kiss begins with kay
10:17pm
10:18pm
they sell just about anything, and for those who can't wait, they can get just about anything the next day. they serve as their own economic indicator. harry smith figured if he could get inside amazon, he could see what americans are buying right now. >> reporter: don't tell the little ones, but santa is doing some outsourcing. christmas has gotten so big, what with the polar ice caps melting and all, lo and behold, much of his work is now done in arizona. while the people you see scurrying about look suspiciously like people, they are elves. elves not with tiny hammers and saws, but with bar codes and carts. >> this is just one of 40 places like this amazon has across the country. it's not a distribution center, it's not a warehouse. in the language of amazon, it is a fulfillment center. >> reporter: this is where people get what they want, or if you prefer, have their dreams
10:19pm
fulfilled. >> all these products you see back here are future christmas presents. >> dave clark is amazon's manager of global fulfillment. he showed us around to a place the size of 28 football fields. >> this is mind boggling, just the amount. this is half the building and there's three floors of this. >> reporter: miles of ooiaisles stuff. 2.3 million square feet in no certain order. the stuff is on the shelf it sits on for one reason alone: because it fits. >> humans are really good at taking this and deciding what space it fits in. >> so it makes sense that the one box of golf balls is over here by the grape jelly. >> yes, because it fits perfectly there. >> this is crazy. >> reporter: made all the more complicated by the fact that amazon tries to stock everything they can get their hands on, a
10:20pm
variety bordering on the infant, the boast of the christmas present. is the goal of amazon to carry at least one of everything? >> our goal is definitely to have the biggest selection and to carry everything anyone wants any time. >> reporter: that's a far cry from the old sears catalog, the wish book. maybe it just seemed like it had everything. we would ogle and wonder just how good a kid would you have to be to get a j.c. higgins bike. does amazon really have everything? as a kid i used to dream that santa would bring me a daisy air rifle. and guess what? they have them. i don't know. you'll shoot your eye out. >> you'll shoot your eye out, kid. >> you know what, santa has nothing on you. >> we like to think we help santa as much as possible. >> reporter: and you do.
10:21pm
kindles of every kind. dr. seuss the lorax dvd. and an actual book, dyeiary of wimp i kid number 7. a needle can be picked from a haystack if you have amanda borchin as your guide. amanda hunts and gathers, and all the while, the bar codes tell the machines where everything will end up, even what size box the orders will go in. but in order to finish the job, it takes real human beings to wrap the christmas gifts? >> it does. the holidays is about gifts. this is something they wrap with care for another person. you know a machine-wrapped gift from a human-wrapped gift, and it's not the same. >> so this is how amazon loads its sleighs, so to speak. the boxes come in here, the bar
10:22pm
code reads the box, the box gets put in the right chute which will take it to the right airplane, which will bring the package to an airport near you. >> reporter: that is, if you order on time. do you have reindeer? >> not that we publicly announce. those are for those last-minute shipments for people who really need the help. that's when we pull the reins. >> reporter: but don't press your luck. so other than getting me one of those vests, i have two thoughts. i am a customer, like seemingly everybody. you order jelly, it's been great for ups, but a jet basically has to get it to your house. and number two, a lot more second party providers. it's weird to order from amazon. a box shows up from herb shendrik from ohio.
10:23pm
>> the place is filled with that sort of stuff, but as to your earlier question, they've done some studies on that, and they say by the time you fill up the car with gas, and go to the mall and go from point a to point b to point c to point d, it's probably just a mash. up 42% on cyber sunday again. >> reporter: in a moment, what you don't know about the most famous tree in america, the one we keep out back. but just ahead, mary carillo brings us the story of a remarkable pair of brothers who left fame and millions of dollars on the table for a leap of faith. baked in-store. the kfc festive feast.
10:24pm
all for just $19.99. yes you did, yes you did. no i didn't, no i didn't. yes you did, yes you did. no i didn't, no i didn't. yes you did. did not. [ male announcer ] today tastes so good. get to sears 48 hour sale this friday and saturday. whatever it takes, save 50% off sweaters, or more with pass. and get this toshiba 32" lcd for $249.99. plus, members can get $10 in points. this is how to gift. this is sears. [ sneezes ] [ sniffles ] [ female announcer ] for everything your face has to face. face it with puffs facial tissues. puffs has air-fluffed pillows for 40% more cushiony thickness. face every day with puffs softness. face every day you just gonna eat all that cmon, hurry up. eat y'all food so you can go to school. let me have some. that's good. uh huh. bronie, what you doing over there? nothing. let me get that.
10:25pm
(laughter) exclusively at at&t. buy any samsung galaxy smartphone and save up to $200 off an eligible samsung tablet.
10:26pm
a couple facts about the from mt. olive, new jersey, it survived hurricane sandy. 91 gallons a day to keep it alive. you think your tree drops a lot of needles. they use leaf blowers as some people call them to clean up after this one. we're back in just a moment. [ female announcer ] there's no official snowman day
10:27pm
or snow angel day. no "pick out your tree" day or "catch snowflakes on your tongue" day. but there is a way to celebrate all these days -- with pillsbury holiday funfetti. [ giggles ] a perfectly sweet way to celebrate more every day. [ male announcer ] handcrafted toys... ♪ the softest bear on the web... a new bedtime story: added to cart. watching her play with the box instead: priceless. your mastercard makes sure you don't pay for unauthorized purchases, not online, not anywhere. that's credit or debit mastercard. that's priceless.
10:28pm
welcome back. story tonight about two american brothers who did something that runs counter to just about every
10:29pm
and i wore a kufu, and everybody was like, what kind of hat is that? i'm like, my mom made it. i'm a muslim, this is what we wear. >> reporter: few would confuse this kind of headwear with the head wear that he's been wearing in the minnesota vikings or mistake the cardinal on the arizona cardinals. their mom chose home schooling, and her husband yusef encouraged the boys to play football, in part so they would keep in touch with the larger world. >> i didn't want to watch because of the context. but then one day when i did turn around, and they were like, look at him, he's running, and i saw that it was more strategy, and i
10:30pm
would watch hamza when he would watch, they would give him the ball, he would run from one field to the next. and i was like, okay, i like strategy. i'm okay with strategy. but i don't like anyone to get hurt. >> reporter: with mom's blessing, her rising stars went to play at pomona high. teachers hinton and barbara remember the brothers as student arriu -- studious, respectful and athletic. >> they were respectful with the minority. i think even that showed a lot of strength, a lot of conviction. >> so good to see you. >> reporter: when we asked the brothers back to pomona, the reunion was sweet. >> how's it going? >> thanks so much for everything you do. >> reporter: after the coach
10:31pm
delivered goodies to these devoted alumni, the brothers recalled days when wearing any primary color might get you mistaken for a gang member. tell me about pomona. this isn't "friday night lights" high school, is it? >> no, this is in one of the worst neighborhoods. at least, it used to be when we were growing up. >> i'm proud to be from pomona, but this color right here? i didn't wear this color to school. it was really that serious. >> reporter: gushing with talent, the abdullahs would each be recruited by the country's elite division i colleges to pac 12 washington state. >> how did you get a scholarship? >> the first was prayer and my mother. after i came from high school, i had two years. she said, i'll let you go to
10:32pm
high school if you earn a division i championship. >> what he's leaving out is when he left for college, he was only 16. >> reporter: yeah, you could have gotten that up a little higher in the story. you were only 16? >> yes, ma'am. i have one shot to play one year of varsity football, and i have one shot to make it, and due to the grace and mercy of god, we made that happen. >> reporter: on defense, hamza was an electric ifying player. he was awakened by a teammate at 6:00 in the morning. >> my brother was a boxer in the navy at the time, and i thought about if someone is attacking america, if someone is attacking my country, my brother is going to be there. >> reporter: and it must have changed everything for you. how long before people were
10:33pm
asking you about your faith, about terrorism, about what you believe? >> i'm sitting in the dorm room watching a television as a muslim, as an american. and for someone to say that you did it, that's what it was, it was "you did it." i just wanted to ask someone, how did i do it? how am i responsible for this? >> reporter: like the rest of the nation, the abdullah family of southern california was profounding shocked a inly shocy the distorted view of the 9/11 attackers. >> my mother raised me you want for your brother what you want for yourself, and put yourself in that other person's shoes. >> reporter: muslims in america are a tiny minority. 1% of the population. but constantly find an
10:34pm
association with their violent extremist fringe. >> a lot of times that kind of gets lost in translation that islam is our religion, yes, but our country is the united states of america. >> you're patriots. >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: she met her husband after college and he converted to islam after their marriage. >> reporter: do people treat you differently now? >> i get a lot of people don't think i speak english. but other than that, it's not too bad. >> do they try to speak loudly to you, and slowly? >> yes, and i'm like -- i'm american. are they talking to me. >> reporter: during the whole month of rahmadon, muslims rise from sunrise to sunset. the brothers have kept fast their football careers.
10:35pm
>> i've been fasting since age 7, so i have a little bit of experience. i've been fasting and playing football since high school, which was 2002. every year is a new challenge, and with rahmadon traveling into summer, i would have lost the career before he began. fasting, he made a horrible first impression on the vikings, inexplicably shaking. >> we said, what's going on, man? we see your play going the other way. he explained the situation to us and i'm like, whoa, we had no idea. >> reporter: to compensate for date-long fasting, the saints would supercharge the breakfast and dinner. >> we wanted to put our players in the best possible positions we could, so we looked at it the other way.
10:36pm
we thought, what can we do to reach this guy? hamza, an established seven-year veteran, and then they did something unheard of. nfl players with salaries in the range of $1 million leaving the game at their athletic peak. instead 2012 would be devoted to the glory of god, joining an annual concentration of humanity unequalled on the planet. the pilgrimage to mecca. >> remarkable decision by these two brothers. they'll explain their position to mary and our cameras will follow them on their journey when we come back. so i never missed a beat.
10:37pm
we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare.
10:38pm
bye daddy! bye! bye girls, love you daddy, we made you a video for your trip! yeah, watch it on the airplane! ok here you go aw, thanks girls yeah hey, i also made you a video aw, that's so sweet you probably shouldn't watch it on the plane say bye to daddy! bye girls! bye! bye dad! share videos instantly. the new galaxy s3. now available at best buy and best buy mobile stores.
10:39pm
u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible.
10:40pm
welcome back. there isn't a football player alive, and that includes all those of us who played it in high school who didn't somewhere, in the back of our minds, see ourselves in the pros, maybe hear our name being
10:41pm
called as we came out of the tunnel during player introductions. it only works out, of course, for a very talented and gifted few, and then there is a smaller subset than that. athletes who are also called upon in life to demonstrate an inner principle at a critical time. mary carillo continues her reporting on these two brothers we met tonight. >> reporter: remarkably, at the peak of their playing careers, 27-year-old husain abdullah and 29-year-old hamza abdullah took a voluntary leave of absence from pro football for a leap of faith, a dramatic decision that unfolded both over many years and all at once. the first question, hamza, is why did you do it? >> why? >> reporter: why? >> it's kind of a long story. >> reporter: why did you do it now? >> last year there was a tug-of-war inside in my heart
10:42pm
and my soul. there was a tug-of-war and something was just drastically missing. >> i was coming home from a workout and he called me and he said, hamza, you know, is working out a little different to you this year? i said, yeah. it almost feels like i'm wasting time a little bit. >> reporter: and your brother was feeling the same things at the same time? >> it's amazing, isn't it? >> we've been playing football since we were eight years old to high school, to college to the nfl. people told us you're too small to break this barrier. all of a sudden there was more to life. there's more. and we had to go for it. >> reporter: the brothers rechanneled their perpetual enemy, and in july they went on a 30-day teaching tour.
10:43pm
in lower manhattan located just north of ground zero, very controversial. >> it's about two blocks away, and it's tucked into a little corner, and it's just a small, peaceful place to pray. there were people who were inside the tower who were muslim. >> reporter: plus, of the nearly 3,000 who died at ground zero, about 60 were muslims, their name in bronze at the new 9/11 memorial. a flight 111 passenger was 15 at the time of her death. the teaching during raamadhon. the treatment with my wife when we were in denver, she had just become muslim. but when we got there, my brothers had this 15-course meal and my sisters had one piece of
10:44pm
pizza to share. so today they were talking about taking hold and taking care of romodon and not letting the months pass you by. how can we even get to that part if we can't survive the basic structure of islam? this is upon us. finally they jet across an ocean for the most sacred journey a muslim can undertake, flying 18 hours and 8,000 miles from l.a. to saudi arabia for the hauj, the pilgrimage to mecca. >> reporter: our camera team tracked the progress. husain tightly wrapped his clothes, an efficiency he learned from his navy brother. >> i thought it was weird, but you actually can fit more in
10:45pm
your bag without adding it up. mom and days, knew he couldn't count on his and there were important financial to his five-year-old daughter, layla. >> reporter: did anything about the mecca surprise you? >> i was getting ready for a crowd of people. i've been where stadiums let out and you sit in traffic and you're mad. oh, man, i have to wait a half hour to get out of the parking lot. i have to wait an hour. we sat at one bus stop, which muslims are directed to do once in their lifetime, attracts an
10:46pm
oud stand, and specified rituals include walking seven times. all men wear the ephrom. where the four of us sleep. >> for an ice -- the conditions were extreme. >> what's crazy is you may look to your left and you see someone that looks like peyton manning praying right next to you. you look to the other side and you see someone like me, and then you look and you see someone from bangladesh. >> i'm glad to see somebody who plays in the nfl. >> my parents are not wealthy. they're a teacher and a carpenter, and they worked their
10:47pm
whole life to try to provide for 12 children. here they are, you know. my dad has health problems and my mother has secret health problems. she won't tell anybody what they are. >> it's an honor for us. not do you get to keep your plant. you know, you call and say, i love you, but i know it's good thing. . we're still on that journey. . now it's like, what do i do with it? do you use it just to pat yourself on the back and say, hey, you're so cool. no, it's not that. now let's see if we can help someone else go, if we can
10:48pm
spread this message of true islam, what it is and what it isn't. >> i love when he says we're expecting crowds. and i guess for. will we see them back in the other habitat. in fact, they're availing. consider what they went tli. first and foremost, they're men. >> think about practicing twice a day in full football pads. mary carillo, so nice to see you outside the olympic game venues. thanks for working on that story. it was great stuff. we're back to collect in a
10:49pm
moment all the news we we. looking for a job can be frustrating. so with university of phoenix, i wi will. . we're using this to shape our sales are at an all-time low!
10:50pm
10:51pm
but kissing is at an all-time high! i want answers! ♪ oh. right. kay. [ female announcer ] it's true, every kiss does begin with kay. where you can save 25% on any bulova watch. bulova. designed to be noticed. at kay, the number-one jewelry store in america. ♪ ohhhh. right. ♪ every kiss begins with kay
10:52pm
we were off on thanksgiving night for the holiday and football and because most of our viewers were either too relaxed
10:53pm
or stressed out by family to fully concentrate on our reporting. tonight we catch up on the web, on the biebs, on the jersey shore, and on the anniversary of something that just might have changed something in its own way. it debutted 40 years ago this week, first the album, then the book, then the tv special hosted by marlo thomas featuring celebrities of the day, and in its own way, it changed everything. it was called "free to be you and me" and it was the beginning of the you are special movement of gender neutrality, individualality, tolerance and the belief that you can achieve anything. and say what you will about the effect that it's had. >> how is your relationship with your parents? >> oh, it's great. they're my two best friends, and, you know, they always tell me i'm great at everythi. >> is that why youe so sucky and u don't realize it? >> like we said, the show was a game changer in 1972.
10:54pm
"free to be you and me" actually replaced the previous mindset about, hey, let's go fight in world war ii. speaking of which, this is lindsay stone in cape cod. she did not fight in world war ii, but she did get famous on the web for making an obscene gesture at arlington national cemetary that got posted on the web. her own father called it disgrace ful. they started a movement on facebook to get her fired from her job, and she was. in iran, they unveiled their new submarine. they might consider another paint scheme if they're going to use this to sneak up on other vessels. our guys have had great success with a darker-colored palette. another storm on the web last week, the faux toe of justin bieber receiving an award from the prime minister of canada while dressed like the orphan child of railroad workers. but in bieber's defense, the prime minister showed up with
10:55pm
his canadian flag getup, and the biebs didn't have anything to wear. the hubbub caused lots of drama and emotion among his fans, but something always comes along just in time, and here she is. ♪ johnny football, how we love you ♪ >> this is what can happen when you combine a woman in texas with a lot of school spirit and a webcam and a hangering for the aggies quarterback. he's had an insane season including 43. they call him johnny poob, and this is submitted without comment. ♪ johnny football, your name is who you are ♪ >> first we discovered that the matching sisters in the florida
10:56pm
branch of the petraeus e-mail scandal have the same head tilt in every photo. that matched thing around your belt was called a. symbols for curse occur first it was the pre historic thing. finally, tonight in the skies over new york, there is this thing. courtesy of new york's art production fund. a your eyes are going to all the places where it's dark and has been since the storm, one month and three days ago. if you haven't seen the doctors,
10:57pm
and then the rockaways that got wiped out. these are beach houses. every one of them hosted families or decades of. we now just feel sad. they thought about keeping it the there. if not exactly the way we remember it. 3 f2 bueno, yo he estado allí
10:58pm
we have gotten to know the police officer, lawrence deprimo, and he's why they're called new york's finest. he'll be on line on "today" tomorrow from the studio. today ann curry reports from new zealand, where she has traveled to film "the hobbit," one of the years's most anticipated films. it turns out there is enough intrigue and drama behind the scenes to rival what unfolds a the screen. so that's next week on "rock center." from all the folks who worked so hard to bring you tonight's broadcast, thanks for joining us. i hope you'll join us tomorrow night for "nbc nightly news." your local news begins now.
10:59pm